Are you Listening? Preventing Noise Induced Hearing Loss
WHAT’S AT STAKE
Many of the machines you operate, tasks you perform, and areas where you work generate too much noise. As a result, noise, or excessive sound, is one of the biggest workplace health problems. Millions of workers are exposed to damaging noise every day; and hearing loss represents a significant percentage of all work-related illnesses.
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss. Neither surgery nor a hearing aid can help correct this type of hearing loss. Short-term exposure to loud noise can also cause a temporary change in hearing—your ears may feel stuffed up, for example—or you might hear a ringing in your ears, called tinnitus.